RI lawmakers worried about secret talks to rewrite pension lawOctober 15th, 2013 at 5:00 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
By Ted Nesi
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – There’s growing anxiety among state lawmakers about secret court-ordered talks between state leaders and public-sector unions, who appear to be closing in on a deal to rewrite Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension law.
The uncertainty emerged after House Democrats discussed the pension talks last week at a closed-door caucus in West Greenwich. Rank-and-file lawmakers were addressed separately by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who were ordered into mediation by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter in a bid to settle the unions’ suit challenging the law.
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